Three Methods:Being Obedient to Your ParentsBeing Obedient to Authority FiguresBeing Obedient in a ReligionCommunity Q&A
Obedience is something of a touchy topic, because it can easily morph into something abusive. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with cultivating obedience towards your parents, towards your authority figures (like teachers or bosses), or even towards your faith (if you have one). Remember, obedience is something that should be freely given. If the object of your obedience (like a parent) abuses your obedience, then you have every right to revoke it.
Method 1 Being Obedient to Your Parents
- Be respectful.
Part of being obedient is showing respect to your parents, honoring their ideas about what’s best for you, and showing that you think they are worth listening to. Make sure that you listen when they talk and respond when they ask you to respond.
- Don’t ignore them in public. When you are out with your parents you might feel a bit embarrassed by them, but pretending that you don’t know them or that you aren’t with them is rude in the extreme. It also has the potential to hurt your parents. They don’t say that you embarrass them, so why think that way towards them?
- Don’t roll your eyes when they ask you to do something. If you don’t like what they are asking you, the polite way to respond is to ask them to present your feelings on why you don’t want to do what they want you to. Think of all the times when you were a child and you asked your parents to do something for you and they did it without complaining.
- Be attentive to your chores.
Parents tend not to ask you to do a ton of chores. In fact, they probably work a lot harder than you do. Obedience means doing what you see needs to be done without your parents even asking you to.
- Avoid making your parents ask you to do something more than once. Everyone gets distracted occasionally, so you might not always remember to do a chore without being asked. Try to avoid having this be a typical thing.
- Do what you can to help out around the house without being specifically ordered. For example: offer to babysit your younger sister so that your parents can have a night off. Or find out when garbage day is and take the garbage out before your mom has to.
- Consider why your parents say no, instead of arguing.
Parents can have all kinds of rules about what they think you should or shouldn’t be doing. You might not always like or agree with these rules, but an obedient child considers their parents’ point of view instead of fighting about it.
- Don’t give in to the knee-jerk reaction to argue with them or express your disappointment or displeasure. If you really need to respond with an argument, make it a debate and not a dispute–try writing or emailing them a letter or message explaining your point of view, rather than shouting and being uncompassionate.
- If they say no to you hanging out with a friend on a Thursday night, they might be concerned about you not completing your homework on time or that you’ll be too tired in school the next day.
- Express your disagreement in a polite manner.
There are times when your parents might ask you to do something unreasonable, or place unreasonable restrictions on you. In many cases calmly discussing why you feel their demands are unreasonable, or offering alternatives or a compromise, can go a long way towards getting you what you want without being disobedient.
- Calmly explain your side of things. Give facts and don’t rely only on feelings.
- Obedience doesn’t mean that you don’t have a mind of your own and it certainly doesn’t mean that you will always need to agree with your parents. But if you disagree and want to express your disagreements, you will have to do it politely but firmly.
- Be polite.
Being polite to your parents is a sign of respect and obedience. You also want to be polite to other people: strangers, family members, friends. This way you’ll be demonstrating how well your parents raised you.
- Make sure that you ask permission to be excused at the dinner table.
- Say “please” and “thank you” even for basic things.
- Hold doors open for people, offer to help people with their groceries.
Never rebel against your parents. You can disagree with them, but if they give you a reasonable instruction and you go against them simply to infuriate or upset them, this is not only immoral, but completely sinful. Think of the consequences before you decide to make a decision.
Method 2 Being Obedient to Authority Figures
- Pay attention to what they have to say.
When you’re trying to be obedient to an authority figure, like your teacher or manager, then you need to pay attention when they are talking. You want to show that you’re interested.
- In class look at the teacher while they’re talking. Take down notes when they give important information and look like you’re interested.
- Make sure that you are listening to your boss when they are giving you instructions. Again, eye contact is important.
Discuss concerns or issues in private. If there is a problem with an authority figure you should never bring it up in front of people. Instead, ask them if you can talk to them either in their office or after class.
- Know how to obey authority.
You should always respect authority, but never worship authority. Respecting authority means you recognize that the superior’s authority and obey his or her reasonable rules. However, people who respect authority rarely sit quietly and suffer it if an authority figure treats them poorly or unfairly. People who revere authority, on the other hand, literally worship the authority figures; they think that, just because the superior has authority, whatever he or she says must be right. Therefore, revering authority often includes suffering injustices, while respecting authority only gives you the reputation of being respectful, kind and considerate–something worth going for.
- For example: if you feel that your teacher gave you the wrong grade for an assignment, you would go and discuss it with them after class. Present some clear and concise reasons why you feel you deserve a different grade (and no, “worked really hard on it” is not a reason).
- Understand what is expected from you.
It’s hard to be obedient to someone if you’re not really sure what they want from you. This is part of paying attention to what your authority figure says, because then you know what they need from you. If you happen to disagree with an authority figure, do not be impolite. Merely talk about it courteously, and you may end up getting your way.
- If you’re being obedient to your teacher then you’ll need to stay on top of things like homework, classwork, any major projects, what they require in terms of in-class participation.
- If you’re being obedient to a superior at work then you’re going to need to know what’s expected from you in terms of your job. You’re going to need to pay attention to long-term projects, and make sure to not fritter away your time at work surfing on the internet.
Make sure you complete tasks on time. Once you know what is expected of you it’s time to fulfill those expectations in a timely manner. If there is a legitimate reason why a certain task or assignment isn’t going to be completed on time, make sure that you inform your authority figure.
- Avoid backtalk.
Fighting or bickering with your boss or your teacher is the exact opposite of being obedient. Particularly in a classroom or work situation, your opinion on the authority figure isn’t going to be that important.
- Backtalk can also be nonverbal, such as rolling your eyes or smirking when they say something you disagree with or find to be stupid.
- If they tell you to do something don’t say something like “This is totally unnecessary.” If you have questions or want to know why, ask respectfully but assertively.
- Act like you respect them.
Respect and obedience have a tendency to go hand in hand. To be obedient to someone you need to act like you respect them as an authority figure. When they tell you to do something, you do it, as long as it is reasonable, moral and harmless.
- Be polite and considerate. Say “please” and “thank you”. However, remember never to apologize for something or assume responsibility for it if you did not do it.
Never use blind obedience. If your authority figures told you to jump off a cliff, would you still do it obediently? Just like everything else, obedience has its limits. If you cross these limits, you are turning from being disciplined to being unwise and foolish. Watch out when you obey your authority figures–they may be authoritative, but few are completely virtuous.
Method 3 Being Obedient in a Religion
- Cultivate humility.
When you’re obedient in following the mandates of your faith it means that you’re also being humble. You accept that your god is helping to direct your life and that you accept both the good and the bad that comes.
- Try to avoid taking ownership of the things that happen in your life. When something good happens, remind yourself that it was through the grace of your Great Teacher. If something unhappy happens it is a learning experience brought about by Him or Her, too.
Commit to your faith. Most faiths and religions have specific rules and regulations that a practitioner is required to follow. Committing to your faith means giving up control of your life (not in a bad way) and understanding that what happens is coming from your Holy Teacher.
- Make choices in line with your faith.
Again, because of the rules and regulations in different faiths there are going to be certain choices that will be difficult, because they will make you choose between a life that might be materially easier, but not spiritually acceptable. Obedience to your faith means choosing the latter path.
- For example: such a choice could be sacrificing your career path, because it doesn’t align with your beliefs.
- It could also be something like taking significant time out of your day to incorporate prayer.
- Avoid judging other people based on their beliefs and obedience.
Obedience to your faith is a personal thing. It means that you are in connection with your god and your faith and that can be wonderful.
- It does not mean that you have carte blanche to criticize other people’s beliefs or infringe on their way of living.
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- Obedience is a very personal thing, especially as regards obedience to your god. You should avoid making value judgements about other people’s faith, other people’s families, because you have no idea what they believe or how they see obedience.
- If you have an argument with your parents, remain calm. Go to your room immediately as the fight begins. Say no more than one sentence, and do NOT cry or implore. One hour later, go back to your parents and observe them. If they are calm, approach them and tell them that you understand what you did wrong (if you did something wrong). Apologize if you did something wrong, and ask for an apology from your parents for their anger. Ask them to speak to you calmly, and tell them that it is easier for you to obey them when they speak eloquently.
- Protesting politely is not talking back. As long as you speak politely and do not interrupt, it is not called answering back. If a superior says you are talking back when you are not, just stop talking, make eye contact, smile and say, “Please continue, sir/madam.” You don’t have to be repentant to do this–but it will cut the authority figure off track in scolding you.
- If you feel that an authority figure is abusing you or intimidating you, get help immediately. This could be an issue that could result in physical violence.
- Always remember that obedience is your right. You have the right to give and retract your obedience to every single person. Do not feel that, if you disobey someone, they will give you a punishment. If you feel this way, you may want to get help–this person may be trying to harass or bully you.
- You have to be careful about obedience. You want it to be based on respect for the figure you are obeying. If they abuse that respect then you should not feel obligated to obey them.
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Three Methods:RespectGroomingMannersCommunity Q&A
Do you hate that look of disappointment in your parents eyes? Or do your parents favour a more obedient, mature sibling and you want to be like them? Time to drop the rebellious attitude and respect your elders!
Method 1 Respect
Before you can make the change, you must understand that your parents are adults, and you are a child, they are adults and you must respect your elders, you can never be truly well behaved unless you respect your elders.
Develop your obedience, when your parents give you an order, obey it at once without questioning it. Even if you don’t feel like doing it, do it cheerfully. It won’t be as bad as you think!
Accept that you are a child. You may not like this, but it’s true, you are JUST a child, even if you are intelligent, the adults know more than you, it’s not because you’re dumb, you’re not. It’s just because they have been around longer, respect your elders, words cannot describe how important this is.
Do chores without being asked, if you can see that something needs doing, do it. If you overhear your mother complaining about having to do the dishes, give her a surprise and do them for her.
Do not cheek your elders. Don’t answer back, use bad language, talk about adults behind their back or act bored when they are talking to you.
Try to be forgiving. Parents are humans too and can make mistakes. Instead of snapping back at them or patronizing them, be mature and try to understand their situation. Ignore the aspects which you don’t like and instead focus on what you like in them.
Attitude of Gratitude. It is not easy to be parent. As a child we are not even aware of the hard times they may have gone through while raising us when we were infants and toddlers. Recognize their good qualities and appreciate them for all the good they have done for you.
If you have siblings, treat them with love and respect. Treat them as you want them to treat you, do this with everybody. If your siblings are younger, help them. When they want to play with you, play with them (unless you are doing chores or homework; then tell them no politely). They look up to you and admire you so set a good example. If your sibling(s) are older, then respect them and look up to them, they are not your parents, they may not even be adults, but they are your elders.
Do something nice for your parents. They’ve been doing so much for you!
Find out what the house rules are and obey them. Go to bed on time and wake up at a good time on the weekends, like 8 a.m, 8.30 at the latest, six thirty at the latest on a school day.
Get good marks and school reports. Your parents won’t be very proud of you if you get bad marks, a B is the lowest grade allowed if you want to be impressive, and even a B isn’t nearly as impressive as an A, A* or A+!
Method 2 Grooming
Now it’s time to stop wearing ripped jeans and T-shirts with offensive messages on them. Try wearing colours like pink and baby blue, maybe lavender, or neutral colors.
Don’t wear too much jewelry.
Don’t wear too much make up, parents hate that! If you are 5-9 years old, do not wear make up, if you are 10 or 11 years, then try some pretty lip gloss in a cute flavour, when you turn 12 maybe try blush, depending on how strict the parent is. If you are 13 then try mascara too.
There are a few ways to style your hair, under 14’s could try pigtails, any age group could try half up and half down, it’s cute and parents like to see their daughters looking cute.
Take a bath. Parents/guardians shouldn’t have to nag you to take a shower/bath, do it anyway, but ask permission first, if they say no, don’t argue.
Use deodorant and perfume, but not too much perfume, save up to buy these yourself though.
Method 3 Manners
Remember your Manners. If your parents are talking but you have a question, don’t interrupt, wait until they are done. Say please and thank you. If you burp, remember to say excuse me. If someone asks you to pass the salt/pepper/sugar etc, do it immediately. Hold the door for people, stuff like that.
Don’t talk at dinner time unless asked a question.
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If you want to become an obedient, well-behaved child, respect your parents, even when you don’t agree with them. Having good manners, like saying “Thank you” and “Excuse me,” are great ways to show your parents respect. Along with respect, show your parents that you appreciate them by doing nice things. For example, do the dishes without being asked, or surprise your parents with a homemade dessert. At school, work on getting good grades and reports to make your parents proud.
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- Follow the school and house rules.
- Complete all homework assignments.
- Be mature, sensible and reliable.
- Keep your room tidy.
- Don’t bully anyone even if everyone else does.
- Smile, smile, smile!
- Don’t take advantage of substitute teachers.
- Don’t spill food on yourself.
- Never leave your shoes untied.
- If you don’t like fruit, eat vegetables and vice versa.
- Answer all questions in class.
- Try your best with your behaviour no-matter where you are.Your parents won’t have to nag at you about this!
- Be very nice to your siblings.
- Do some extracurriculars, like learning to crochet, or play a sport. This normally makes them proud of you. Don’t obsess over your hobbies, though, or it could become annoying to them.
- Do all your house chores, and any other responsibilities that have been set through your parents and other adults.
- Always be kind no matter what!
- Turn your phone off in class. Only take it to school if it is allowed in the school and also by your parents.
- Don’t get bad marks.
- Don’t get any kind of punishments in school, including being told off, so don’t talk when the teacher’s talking, don’t forget equipment, and don’t chew gum in class.
- Don’t do anything dangerous.
- Don’t smoke or drink.
- Don’t swear.
- Don’t play in the mud.
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